July 6, 1930 ~ June 9, 2014
Manhattan Beach, CA
Patrick "Pops" Chaplin
July 6, 1930 – June 9, 2014
Patrick Joseph Chaplin, 83, passed away at his home in Manhattan Beach on June 9, 2014. Pat was born on July 6, 1930 in Albuquerque, New Mexico to a father, William Chaplin, who left this world too soon, and a mother, Luetta Chaplin, who was the rock on which he built his whole life, a truly extraordinary woman. He chopped buffalo grass for the Marines in Guam during WWII, and as soon as he could he headed west for CA. Pat was a union man who started his career as a business agent for the UE, had a cup of coffee with ILWU, and finally made his home with the Teamsters Local 911. He walked the picket lines, thought profits were unpaid wages, and would use cockroaches as leverage in negotiations. He was a great negotiator. On June 10, 1950 he negotiated his best deal (minus cockroaches), and married Shirley Allen (6/15/28-10/28/08), the woman he loved, argued with, and took care of for 58 years.
Pat is survived by daughters, Cathy and Linda; sons, Pat and Tim; grandchildren, TJ, Hayley, Rusty, Tyler, and Taylor; great-grandchildren, Julia and Cato; son-in-laws, Ruben and Mike; daughter-in-laws, Gina and Tracy; Brother Bill; nephews, Ken, Steve, Pete, Paul, Phil and Bill; niece Helen and TOO MANY PEOPLE TO LIST that loved and were loved by him.
The Memorial Mass will be held at American Martyrs Church on Friday June 20, 2014 at 10:00am, and will be buried at Riverside National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Midnight Mission, 601 South San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90014, or a charity of your choice.